Bor­tles in end zone of ca­reer

Sunday Mirror - - PUZZLES - BY KEITH WEB­STER

BLAKE BOR­TLES is a man un­der pres­sure at Wem­b­ley this af­ter­noon, where one more poor per­for­mance will likely cost him his job.

Fol­low­ing a first month of the sea­son that sug­gested Jack­sonville could be a Su­per Bowl con­tender, the Jaguars quar­ter­back has been in dis­as­trous form, lead­ing to him be­ing benched last week dur­ing a third con­sec­u­tive de­feat.

A transat­lantic flight for a meet­ing with reign­ing cham­pi­ons Philadel­phia Ea­gles would not have been on Bor­tles’ wish-list this week but he is de­ter­mined to face the chal­lenge, and his des­tiny, head on.

He said: “There’s been pres­sure it seems like since I got to Jack­sonville, so it’s kind of nor­mal.

“I think there’s pres­sure at ev­ery po­si­tion at all times in the NFL.

“If you’re not get­ting the job done or play­ing well or be­ing suc­cess­ful, they’ll even­tu­ally re­place you and find some­body else that can.

“I think I’ve al­ways had an abil­ity to ig­nore it – the out­side noise or the pres­sure or what­ever you want to call it – and just fo­cus on play­ing foot­ball.” Philadel­phia @ Jack­sonville Sky Sports Ac­tion, 12.30pm. BBC2, 1pm

JOB IN DAN­GER: Bor­tles

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